by: Ross Goldenberg
Aug 6, 2021
The last time Swedish House Mafia got behind the decks was December of 2019 for their quietly held final reunion show in Saudi Arabia, but the trio’s DJing silence has now officially broken. With “It Gets Better” and “Lifetime” beginning to turn the wheels of Paradise Again, Pete Tong and BBC Radio 1 tapped Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Steve Angellofor a 30-minute mix to open the station’s second annual Radio 1’s Dance Weekend celebration.
Outside of the two album singles, predictions as to what Swedish House Mafia were actually going to play remained a total question mark. In the hours leading up to the mix’s grand unveiling, Axtone cautioned fans to pay attention to the fast-moving tracklist for any potential IDs, with the Swedes following through and unexpectedly premiering the promised Axwell cut from 2019, which will arrive on August 20 for Jay Robinson’s forthcoming label single, “Free Again.” While no one was reasonably anticipating any true album previews, the trio returned to prime form with their curation, revisiting timeless classics like Axwell’s “Slammin’ rework for Eric Prydz, Ingrosso and Angello’s “555,” and delivering a pair of new edits of Daft Punk’s “Burnin’” versus “One” as well as “Leave The World Behind” versus “Nobody Else.”
Stream Swedish House Mafia’s BBC Radio 1 mix in its entirety here.
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